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Day 55: BBC Bush House

26 Feb

BBC Bush House

I made a mental note to return to this shot once it stopped raining; but in the three hours that I was in that area, it never stopped and wiping the lens between shots didn’t help . . .

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Bush House occupies a dramatic position at the bottom of Kingsway in central London, connected to the Strand on its southern façade. Its particularly impressive portico is flanked by two male statues symbolising Anglo-American friendship, sculpted by the American artist Malvina Hoffman. Over a Celtic altar at the centre of the portico is the inscription ‘Dedicated to the friendship of English-speaking peoples’.

The BBC’s foreign language broadcasting service began in 1938 from Broadcasting House in Portland Place. After this building was bombed during the Second World War, the service was re-located to Bush House in 1941. This building in turn suffered bomb damage and the statue representing America lost its left arm. It was restored in 1977.

From: www.bbc.co.uk/heritage/in_depth/buildings/bush_house.shtml

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Posted by on February 26, 2008 in photoblog, Project 365

 

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